Demolition of old Little Current OPP and MNRF boathouses underway

Infrastructure Ontario reveals detailed plans for properties

LITTLE CURRENT—The demolition of the old Little Current OPP and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) boathouses along Little Current’s waterfront is now well underway and is to be completed in early 2015.

“Dominion Construction was selected through an open bidding process and the demolition project is currently on schedule with an anticipated completion early in 2015,” explained Infrastructure Ontario’s (IO) (who took over the properties when they became surplus) Communications Manager Jeff Giffen. “The plan is to have a consistent shoreline, so we will be backfilling the area (of the two boathouses) with rocks.”

The Northeast Town, which has been in discussions with IO about purchasing the waterfront properties, was pleased to learn that they plan on backfilling the area that will be left by the OPP boathouse.

“It’s good to hear that they will be filling that area in,” said Northeast Town Mayor Al MacNevin. “We weren’t sure what IO’s plan was but that will make connecting the boardwalk easier and cheaper.”

Council was discussing the boardwalk and OPP boathouse property at its Strategic Plan meeting last Wednesday, with the consensus of council that if the town is able to purchase the property in the future they would like to bridge the gap in the boardwalk, creating a complete path along the waterfront.

Once the demolition is complete, Mr. Giffen explained that IO will initiate its disposition process for the property.

“Our standard disposition process is that once our due diligence is completed and the property has been declared surplus to the provincial government, it is circulated to other levels of government and qualified nonprofits to determine if there is an interest in the property,” Mr. Giffen told The Expositor. “If there is an expression of interest from any of those groups we can proceed with a direct sale to them at an appraised market value. If there is no interest, IO would list the property through a broker for sale on the open market and accept bids from the public. When it was determined that the OPP boathouse property was no longer required for program delivery, IO moved quickly to complete its due diligence and proceed with the demolition. Through our circulation process, the Northeast Town has formally expressed an interest in the property. As with all property sales, prices are established based on market value.”